National Awards & Recognition

National Awards & Recognition

Ranked Top Community College in NJ

RVCC has been given top honors by, and All three websites have ranked RVCC as the best community college in New Jersey. RVCC also has been included in Washington Monthly’s 2021 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll.

Student Named Newman Civic Fellow

Rachelle-Mae Flores, a Nursing student, has been selected as a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. Recognized for her leadership skills and commitment to finding solutions for public challenges, Flores joins more than 200 students from across the US and Mexico selected for this honor. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Flores remained a dedicated volunteer, producing piano recordings for the nursing home she regularly served. She also researched virtual platforms, resources, and services for seniors for a local adult day center; created drawings for seniors and troops overseas; organized “Study with Me” sessions for fellow RVCC students; and served the mental health community by volunteering for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She also has volunteered at the College’s Food Pantry.

Eduardo J. Padrón Award for Institutional Transformation

Raritan Valley Community College was one of six colleges and universities in the country to be recognized by Campus Compact for outstanding work in pursuit of the public purposes of higher education. RVCC is one of only two community colleges in the U.S.—and the only New Jersey college—to receive the first Eduardo J. Padrón Award for Institutional Transformation. The College is being honored for its longstanding commitment to providing all students with access to civic and community-based learning experiences through its nationally recognized Service Learning program.

Shirley B. Gordon Award

RVCC President Dr. Michael McDonough was one of only 13 college presidents in the country—and the only president from a New Jersey college—to receive the Shirley B. Gordon Award from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The awards, which are the organization’s most prestigious honor for community college presidents, are given to college presidents in recognition of their work supporting student success on campus. Dr. McDonough was nominated for the award by Alpha Epsilon Pi, RVCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, for his ongoing support of both its Honors in Action (HIA) and College projects.

Sustainability Efforts Recognized

For the sixth year in a row, RVCC was nationally recognized for its campus sustainability initiatives by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). RVCC has earned a STARS Silver rating for its sustainability achievements. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. The STARS program ranks RVCC as the #6 community college in the US and Canada for its sustainability efforts.

Raritan Valley Community College now ranks as the #9 college in the US and Canada in the “Air and Climate” category and is the only two-year institution listed in the top 10 in that category. RVCC is also tied as a #4 college in the “Water” category and is one of only two community colleges lauded as a “Top Performer” for Water.

In 2017 RVCC became the first two-year institution of higher education in the country to reach carbon neutrality, which is defined as having no net emissions after minimizing the carbon footprint as much as possible and offsetting the remaining emissions. The College also is River Friendly and is Bee Campus USA and Monarch Watch certified.

Women’s Volleyball Ranked 10th in US

The RVCC Women’s Volleyball team had a stellar season, making its first trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Volleyball National Championship in November 2019, which resulted with a #10 ranking in the country. The RVCC athletes earned their trip to Nationals after winning the Region XIX North Atlantic B District Championship. Of the 12 teams that earned bids into the national tournament, RVCC was given the 12th seed and was able to move up two spots and finish the competition with a final ranking of #10 in the country.

Student Voter Engagement Lauded

RVCC was recognized nationally for student voter engagement with a “Gold Seal” from ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge as part of the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards. The awards recognize colleges and universities across the country that are committed to increasing college student voting rates. Institutions that earn a gold seal have achieved a student voting rate between 40-49 percent. RVCC’s student voting rates increased from 14.4 to 41.4 percent from the 2014 to 2018 elections. The biggest increase in numbers of voters at RVCC occurred in students ages 18-21, with a 32.1 percent increase.

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